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PlayStation 4 Released 294

Today marks the launch of the latest entrant to the next-gen console race: Sony's PlayStation 4. A number of reviews for the system have already gone up, but many outlets are waiting for next Friday's Xbox One launch before passing final judgment. With regard to the PS4's hardware and UI, Digital Foundry praises the DualShock 4 controller design and the improvements to background downloading, while worrying about fan noise in warmer environments. iFixit provides a step-by-step teardown of the device, giving it an 8/10 repairability score. Ars has many good things to say, but many bad things as well: "The PlayStation 4 has an excellent controller, decently powerful hardware, some intriguing, well-executed new features, and an interface that shows belated acknowledgment of some of Sony's most user-unfriendly past designs. It also has a lot of features that are half-assed, missing, or downright bewildering at this point." Polygon's review is more visually oriented, filled with pictures, videos, and drawings. They conclude, "[T]he PlayStation 4's focus on gaming — and only gaming — is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. That failing is sure to improve — better games and more of them will appear on the PlayStation 4 — but right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it." Eurogamer's coverage includes has a round-up of launch title reviews and gameplay videos. IGN has coverage of the roughly 0.4% of PS4s that arrive broken out of the box, and Kotaku explains how they fixed theirs.
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PlayStation 4 Released

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  • No media (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CimmerianX ( 2478270 ) on Friday November 15, 2013 @11:21AM (#45433059)
    I used my ps3 for media as well as occasional gaming. PS4 lack of streaming media support that does not originate from Sony's pay sites is a real minus for me. At least with the ps4 released, I can snap up used PS3 for media consoles in the bedrooms now.
    • Thing is, I'm STILL going to use the PS3 as my primary media console. If I get a PS4 with all those same features, it'd be a bit redundant. (That is, until the PS3 eventually dies.)
    • by trdrstv ( 986999 )

      I used my ps3 for media as well as occasional gaming. PS4 lack of streaming media support that does not originate from Sony's pay sites is a real minus for me.

      I'm the same way, and with the Black Friday deals around the corner I can get an extra 1 or 2 cheap.

    • Re:No media (Score:5, Insightful)

      by tlhIngan ( 30335 ) <> on Friday November 15, 2013 @12:38PM (#45434071)

      I used my ps3 for media as well as occasional gaming. PS4 lack of streaming media support that does not originate from Sony's pay sites is a real minus for me. At least with the ps4 released, I can snap up used PS3 for media consoles in the bedrooms now.

      For now.

      One of the greatest things about the Xbox One and PS4 is they're keeping Microsoft and Sony honest. When Microsoft announced the draconian DRM scheme, Sony countered, causing Microsoft to completely rethink their DRM position. Of course, Sony did a few more thins to keep Microsoft on its toes.

      And now, the day AFTER Sony gave out its big FAQ, Microsoft announced the Xbox One will support MP3s and DLNA. Which caused Sony to announce it was coming in a future update now. Heck, the whole "voice control" think was hastily implemented by Sony to counter the Xbone's Kinect, which is why it's a bit hokey on release.

      PS4 fanboys can mock the Xbone, while Xbox fanboys can mock the PS4 all they want, and analystics can say "Sony wins", but in the end, it's better that we have the Xbone with the PS4 than either/or.

      Sony can't revert to draconian DRM because they promised not to (and the Xbone can't, either).

      Regardless of which console is "better" (remember, the PS3 outclasses the Xbox360) technically, the best thing is both do well enough that neither decides to leave, and that Nintendo remains as a spoiler.

      Heck, if you want to remember what happened when Sony last thought it had the upper hand on everyone, see the news in the months leading up to the launch of the PS3. Now that Sony's a bit more humbled from that, hopefully things will be more interesting. Microsoft got a bit arrogant during the 360 era, so hopefully they'll be smacked down a bit and have to actually compete. But not too much - just enough to keep Microsoft from thinking it can get away with anything.

      And hell, you have Apple to thank for screwing up the whole business model as well - Apple's approval process is really a very "lite" version of how one develops on consoles and it's forced Sony and Microsoft to rethink how they do development.

    • Check Craigslist; I got a PS3 with a controller and six games for $100 on there. I use it mostly for streaming media and watching blu-rays. I refuse to give any money to Sony though on account of their anti-consumerism so I'll buy used for the right price if I can help it.
  • by Travis Repine ( 2861521 ) on Friday November 15, 2013 @11:24AM (#45433107)
    To me it's very disturbing that you have to require a Internet connection just to enable features such the Blu-ray player on the console. It SHOULD have it feature already in the box. What if a kid who wants this console don't have Internet in their home. Believe it or not, there are some families who do NOT have Internet because it's not worth the money to invest what their getting out of the connection.
    • by Spad ( 470073 )

      You don't. You can download the update from a location of your choosing and install it via USB. You can also call a freephone number and Sony will post you the update on disc so you don't need the internet at all.

      The lack of Blu-Ray playback out of the box is to reduce the cost of the unit by only paying licensing costs for users who actually use it rather than having to pay for blanket licensing.

    • You're easily disturbed. They did this so they don't have to pay BluRay license fees for people who never play a BluRay on their PS4. It was a sound business decision.
      • Nah. First, I don't think sony has to pay any fees for blu-ray, and even if they did, they hit the cap on the fees anyhow, so any "extra" is free. They just want to sell you more stuff.

    • by Jethro ( 14165 )

      I'm pretty sure you can get them to mail you a disk which will activate those features.

      I do agree it's silly that they need to be activated, but it is a one time thing and there is a workaround for requiring an internet connection.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15, 2013 @11:27AM (#45433133)

    I thought we all agreed on the SteamBox so we can play games together!
    Plus in SteamBox doesn't need "other OS" feature as it already is the other OS.

  • by stevemoink ( 134725 ) on Friday November 15, 2013 @11:42AM (#45433303)

    There is a mandatory day-one firmware update, which is just north of 300 MB. If you have an internet connection and a USB drive (aka, if you are reading this) go to PSN [] to pre-download.

  • Not again (Score:2, Funny)

    by ketomax ( 2859503 )
    Can't we get an article for Playstation that does not refer to Xbox or vice versa?
  • Oh... (Score:5, Funny)

    by RandomUsername99 ( 574692 ) on Friday November 15, 2013 @01:19PM (#45434577)

    This is why BestBuy was a total nerdocalypse at midnight when I drove by it last night.

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